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Route 2 – The Cottage Country 100

road surrounded by fall trees

This Is One Of The All-Time Favorite Routes For Local Cyclists.

On this route, riders will get a feel for the farming communities east of Peterborough,  as well as the wilderness and cottage country north for which the Kawarthas is renowned for. The route starts out of town on paths and quiet roads and quickly joins up with River Road as it hugs the east shore of the Otonabee River.  Past Lakefield riders head down Birchview Road as it winds through the heart of cottage country on the way to the wilderness beyond.  From Hall’s Glenn the route wraps east then south as riders make their way from the northern forests back through the farming communities surrounding Peterborough.

Why We Love This Route:

  • Explores the heart of cottage country
  • Scenic stops along the way to recharge
  • Ride the beautiful wilderness to the north-east of Peterborough
  • Quiet back roads with minimal traffic

Highlights & Photo Ops:

  • Scenic views of the Otonabee River from River Road. 8KM – 20KM
  • Birchview Road. 32KM – 38KM
  • Long, smooth downhill descent.  48KM – 62KM
  • Haroldtown Conservation Area – a mountain bikers playground
  • Riding past Trent University and along the Otonabee River. Approx. KM8 – KM9

Worth Stopping For Along the Route:

  • The Nutty Bean Café in Lakefield – Enjoy coffee, a snack, or a full lunch on the patio right in the heart of Lakefield. KM20
  • Hobart’s Lighthouse at McCracken’s Landing – Ideally situated for a mid-ride meal, this beautiful café literally hangs over the Stony Lake waterfront.  KM38
  • Ashburnham Ale House – located in Peterborough’s “East City” this craft beer cafe is a must, located right beside the Rotary Greenway Trail
  • Wrap up your ride at Silver Bean Café in Peterborough.  – Approx. KM0 and KM99

Places to Stay

Places to Eat

  • Smitty’s Family Restaurant – 139 George Street North, Peterborough
  • Reggie’s Hot Grill – 89 Hunter Street East, Peterborough
  • Cassis Bistro – 27 Queen St. Lakefield
  • Canoe & Paddle 18 Bridge Street, Lakefield
  • Lakefield Restaurant – 107 Queen St, Lakefield
  • Jack’s Family Restaurant – 1 Strickland St, Lakefield
  • The Cabin – 1384 Armour Rd, Peterborough
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Disclaimer: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics